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Chapter 11. Creating and Managing User A... > Creating and Managing User Accounts

Creating and Managing User Accounts

You can choose from three general categorized approaches to creating user accounts. The tried-and-true GUI method is for all you mouse-lovers out there. Then there's the old-school command-line method for those who want to look cool in front of the mousers. And finally, for the true power users and the hard-core lazy, there's the scripted method.

Local Accounts Versus Domain Accounts

Before you begin working with user accounts, be sure you're clear on the difference between local accounts and domain accounts. A local account exists only on the computer on which it was created. You will most often find local accounts used for home systems, and local accounts are always used for machines that do not participate in domain security. Although local accounts can exist on systems joined to a domain, they can belong only to local groups. Out of the box, all computers have two local accounts: the Administrator account and the disabled Guest account.


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